This week Flight Centre Active Travel (FCAT) have unveiled a range of new fan packages specifically with the US domestic cycling fan in mind! On the back of this exciting news we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to sit down with Shannon Stacey from FCAT to learn a bit more about his fan packages and why he is so excited for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.
Peloton Climbs the Cauberg at 2012 Worlds
WHY SHOULD A CYCLING FAN TRAVELING TO RICHMOND FOR THE WORLDS WANT TO BOOK AN OFFICIAL FAN PACKAGE WITH FLIGHT CENTRE ACTIVE TRAVEL?
As an official travel partner of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships we have worked closely with the event to secure hotel rooms in the downtown region, which is central to the race hub and allows you to walk out the front of the hotel and experience the race atmosphere right on the doorstep. By working closely with the Richmond Tourism office and other organisers, we have been able to create a unique and exclusive Chasing Rainbows package where you will have the opportunity to ride on the Richmond International Raceway, home to the famous NASCAR.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PACKAGES YOU’VE PUT TOGETHER. WHAT ARE THE RANGES AND WHAT ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF WHAT’S INCLUDED?
When creating our packages we kept both cyclist and cycling enthusiasts in mind, for example our Hotel PLUS options allows you to book a hotel including breakfast daily and an exclusive behind the scene tour, PLUS you can purchase additional services allowing you to create your own itinerary. Our Chasing Rainbows package focuses on the Road Racing section of the championships and includes a welcome dinner plus the experience of riding on the Richmond International Raceway track. This itinerary is really about experiencing the race and local attractions with likeminded people.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PACKAGE THAT LETS YOU STAY ON THE COURSE AND EXPLORE RICHMOND AT YOUR OWN PACE WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
I would recommend our Hotel PLUS options as it will allow you to create your own itinerary.
WHICH PACKAGE OPTION IS BEST FOR A DIE-HARD CYCLING FAN WHO WANTS TO MAKE SURE THEY VIEW ALL THE ACTION FROM THE BEST VANTAGE POINTS AND RECEIVE THE BEST HOSPITALITY?
The Chasing Rainbows is more focused towards riders of all levels, with our experienced staff we will cater for all levels. I must also advise that if you have a group of 5 or more riders travelling together we can create a bespoke cycling experience to meet your needs, as an official travel partner with the event we gain exclusive access and hotels.
WHAT ARE YOU PERSONALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THE WORLDS?
Libby Hill! The atmosphere there is going to be electric. I can’t remember a Road World Championships in recent memory with a cobbled climb with such tight switch backs. I’m sure on the last couple of laps the race will explode on this climb and I am excited to have a front row seat!